The message of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder makes it popular with audiences. It is equally popular with director Barbara Shriver, who has directed the play three times previously, and with the student actors at Sikeston High School, who requested Shriver direct this year's production of the play.
"The theme of the play is to relish every moment," explained Shriver. "You should turn around and pay attention to life."
Crystal Bley, who takes on the role of Stage Manager, added the play tackles themes of life and death. It dwells on the importance of paying attention to people when they are alive and the eternity of the soul, she said.
As Stage Manager, Bley is playing a role, typically reserved for a male.
Changing the role, she said, was not a problem. There were a few rewrites in the script.
"And we took away the pipe," she pointed out. Involved in theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes, since she was in seventh grade, Bley said her favorite scene is the wedding of George and Emily.
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